Although the gender wage gap has narrowed for women between the ages of 25 and 34 since 1980, women today are more likely to have a bachelor’s degree and still earn less than men a new report from the Pew Research Center revealed. In 2012, women of the same age group made 93 percent of men’s hourly earnings. According o the report the overall gap in hourly earnings is 84 percent.
Why the gap? Women fresh out of college often get paid significantly less in their first positions than men who graduate with the same majors and grades and enter into similar occupational fields. The wage gap truly widens by the time women turn 30 or around the age that people being to decide to have kids. The report also shows that working women with children often make less than those who do not have kids.
The Pew Report revealed that millennial women are extremely pessimistic about workplace equality. Three-quarters of the women between the ages of 18 and 32 that were surveyed said that they believe the nation needs to continue making changes that would lead to greater equality. Additionally, half of millennial women believe that men are favored over women in the workplace while two-thirds of men and women believe that having a child will make it harder to advance at work.